7 Sugar Pine Point State Park Camping - Lake Tahoe


Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point
State Park Camping

Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe


Sugar Pine Point State Park Campground, Lake Tahoe

Sugar Pine Point Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe enjoy an almost endless variety of activities and places to visit. Those who choose Sugar Pine Point State Park Camping are close to many wonderful Tahoe destinations.

  • Visit Emerald Bay and tour the Vikingsholm mansion. Sign up for an Emerald Bay cruise.
  • Enjoy the sand on South Lake Tahoe beaches, or head to a casino in nearby Stateline, Nevada.
  • Stop in at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the fascinating stream profile chamber.
  • Learn to waterski at High Sierra Waterski School at Homewood or Sunnyside Marina.
  • Rent bicycles, kayaks, and paddleboards at West Shore Sports at Homewood, Sunnyside, or Tahoma.
  • Visit nearby Tallac Historic Site.
  • Hike up the Eagle Falls trail to beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Rent paddleboards and kayaks at Tahoe City Kayak.
  • Rent a boat for a day on the water, or sign up for a lake tours.
  • Rent paddleboards and wend your way along the shoreline.
  • Try fishing from shore or a boat.
  • From Echo Lakes hike (or take their water taxi) across the lakes and into the Desolation Wilderness.
  • Take everyone to Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley for a scenic gondola ride.

Key Sugar Pine Point State Park Camping Regulations

  1. Food and scented items must be stored in bear-proof lockers. This regulation is strictly enforced.
  2. Jumping or diving from shoreline rocks into the water is not permitted.
  3. Hikers must stay on marked trails.
  4. Generators may not be operated from 8 PM to 10 AM.

Sugar Pine Point State Park Camping

Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, along Highway 89, ten miles south of Tahoe City. With two miles of unspoiled lakefront, the park is an example of what the lake was like so many years ago. A dense forest of juniper, pine, fir, and aspen blankets the park's 2,000 acres.

The park has 175 campsites in General Creek Campground, which is on the inland side of Highway 89. One loop of the campground remains open year-round to camping. During the winter there are no showers, but other services are provided (weather permitting). There are 10 tent-only sites. The campground also includes 10 Group Sites. The popular campground is usually filled in the summer. For suggestions on obtaining a reservation, see Reservations Tips below.

Sugar Pine Point Camping Basics
Sugar Pine Point Campground Location: General Creek Campground at Sugar Pine Point is along Highway 89, 10 miles south of Tahoe City.
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 117 miles, 2:04
Number of Sites: 175
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 - 2 vehicles - trailers counted as a vehicle
(2nd vehicle $10)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (530) 525-7982

Reservations for Sugar Pine Point State Park Camping
Reservations required: Mid-May through November
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 32 feet
Accessible Sites: #92, 94, 95, 100, 116, 117, 119, 161, 168, 169, 174
Favorite Campsites: #54, 77, 82, 105, 167, 173
Campground Map: Sugar Pine Point Map
Fees: $35 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Sugar Pine Point State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Sugar Pine Point State Park Camping Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Sugar Pine Point: Visit the historic Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (Pine Lodge), Enjoy swimming, hiking, and fishing. Camp in the winter and set out cross-country skiing. Tour the Nature Center.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

Sugar Pine Point Group Campsites

Ten group campsites are located within the campground. Each site can accommodate between 9 and 10 people along with 10 vehicles. The sites have all the same amenities as the standard campsites in the park. Reservations are required.
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
Sugar Pine Point State Park Group Campsite Reservations
Fee: $165 per night

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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